Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Belasungkawa Rustam A Sani


dia tak kenal aku.

ohh.. mlm semalam aku baru aje baca tulisan dia ini..

dulu, jika beli Utusan, ruangan dia antara aku mesti baca dulu.
begitu juga di akhbar2 alternatif zaman Re4maC. dan buku2. dan majalah..

sharp thinking. analytical. intelectual. always...



Blogger spyz said...

Author, blogger, activist Rustam Sani dies
Fauwaz Abdul Aziz | Apr 23, 08 9:04am

Author, blogger, and social activist Rustam A Sani passed away early this morning in his house in Gombak, Selangor. He was 64.

rustam saniHe was an academician, a newspaper columnist and a poet, besides being involved in a multitude of political, social and literary activities.

The son of celebrated Malay nationalist leader Ahmad Boestaman, the Tanjung Malim-born social scientist was formerly the deputy president of Parti Rakyat Malaysia, which have since merged with the Parti Keadilan Nasional to form the PKR.

He left behind a wife, two children - a son and a daughter, and a grandchild. It is learnt that Rustam passed away after suffering from difficulties in breathing early this morning.

According to daughter Ariani, he could have suffered a heart attack.

"It was all so sudden. We had dinner together last night. He collapsed after having problems breathing at about 2.45am," she said between sobs.

In recent years, Rustam was known for his occasional blog postings in his 'Suara Rakyat' and 'Karya Semasa'.

rustam sani funeral 230408 prayerRustam obtained his Malay Studies degree from Universiti Malaya, and later took his Masters degree in United Kingdom (University of Reading and University of Kent) and later United States (Yale University) and Sweden (Uppsala University).

A prolific writer, he had written half a dozen books in both Bahasa Malaysia and English on a wide range of topics. He had been known mainly, however, for his writings on the Malay left-wing nationalist movement.

Rustam was an associate professor at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s political science department in the 1980s.

rustam sani funeral 230408 vanThe funeral hearse left at 1pm for the nearby Masjid Al-Sharif where the body stayed until Zohor prayers. The burial rites were completed by about 3 pm at the Taman Danau Kota Muslim cemetery in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.

Selangor Mentri Besar Khalid Ibrahim arrived just in time for the prayers at the masjid.

Condolences from friends

Among those seen offering their condolences to Rustam’s family included top opposition politicians Anwar Ibrahim, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Nurul Izzah Anwar, Syed Husin Ali and Dr Xavier Jeyakumar (PKR), Kamaruddin Jaffar, Syed Azman Syed Ahmad Nawawi and Salahuddin Ayub (PAS) and Lim Kit Siang, Teng Chang Khim and Fong Kui Lun (DAP).

Also at Rustam’s house this morning were ex-New Straits Times editor-in-chief A Kadir Jasin, ex-Utusan Malaysia editor-in-chief Johan Jaffar and former director-general of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Hassan Ahmad.

Said PKR’s Latheefa Koya, “He had been a progressive and outspoken Malay leader. We will always remember him as a brilliant intellectual with great leadership qualities but prefer to keep a very low profile. And despite his recent health conditions, he continued to be active through his writings on the Internet.”

Syed Husin credited Rustam as the key mover behind the merger between of Parti Keadilan and Parti Rakyat Malaysia.

"Much of the papers regarding the merger was done by him. When he decided to do anything, Rustam put all his energies to it. Basically, he was an intellectual with a conscience."

Meanwhile, former schoolmate Kamaruddin had fond memories of their early days together.

“I have known Rustam since the 1970s when we were at the University of Kent. Rustam was a fighter and an intellectual - a political analyst whose stand has always been consistent in the struggle for the rakyat,” he said.

“We did not agree on everything but he was a very jovial and pleasant individual, for whom I always had a great deal of respect.”

Johan extolled Rustam as “one of the best columnists Utusan Malaysia ever had”.

“His worldview was moulded by his father’s struggle. He was a towering figure - one of the finest intellectuals in the country. He was critical, including of me, but he was fair.”

Nurul Izzah said that Rustam had a very close relationship with her family. “We didn’t expect this to happen. He was witty, sometimes sarcastic, but a wonderful man.”

A writer to the end

Even to his final day, Rustam wrote from morning to dusk, said his son Azrani.

"From the time he wakes up, he would start writing. He was very dedicated to the importance of ideas and the need to raise social conciousness."

rustam sani books 230408 02He was to launch two of his latest books - ‘Failed nation? Concerns of a Malaysian Nationalist’ and ‘Social Roots of the Malay Left’ - on Saturday.

Publisher SIRD said the event will go ahead and will now be a memorium for the author. The launch will be officiated by PKR de facto leader Anwar.

It will take place at 3pm on April 26 at the Perpustakaan Raja Tun Uda (Selangor State Library) in Shah Alam.

4/23/2008 06:45:00 PM  
Blogger spyz said...

Farewell, true patriot
M Bakri Musa | Apr 23, 08 1:04pm

obituary. I am saddened to hear of the sudden death of Rustam A Sani.

rustam sani diedIn Rustam we had a true patriot, one whose love for the country is pure. It is so because it came from the head as well as the heart. It is patriotism unadulterated by the pursuit of material wealth, public adulation, or political power.

A genuine intellectual, he was not one to fit his ideas to the fashion of the day.

He recognised early the heavy duty and responsibility of being a patriot. His was not one consumed with endless exhortations. As the son of a renown nationalist, Rustam must have been immersed in the patriotic fervour and fiery speeches of his late father, Ahmad Boestaman (below, left).

rustam sani and ahmad boestamamYet at a very young age, he knew that the new independent Malaysia would need leaders who not only love the country but also be well-equipped with the necessary skills and intellect to lead it.

Consequently he focused on his school work fully aware that he was among the fortunate few among the youngsters to have the privilege of attending school.

From his local sekolah attap (village school) in Behrang Ulu and the Methodist School Tanjong Malim, he went on to the University of Malaya via Victoria Institution. From there it was on to graduate work at Kent and Reading in Britain, and later, Yale.

He was a scholar as well as a practitioner of politics. His intellectual accomplishment was never diminished by his political involvement. He had penned more academic papers and popular commentaries as well as books than many full-time academics. It was only yesterday that I read his latest (and alas his last) posting on his blog.

rustam sani booksRustam was in his usual sharp element; that posting was a trenchant commentary on former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s interview on BBC’s Hard Talk. Rustam was also to have launched his latest books, Failed Nation? Concerns of a Malaysian Nationalist, and Social Roots of the Malay Left, later this month. Imagine two books!

As an academic, Rustam molded thousands of young minds. That may be his greatest though not easily visible legacy. Rustam may not have been successful in electoral politics, nonetheless his contributions to the nation dwarfs those of "successful" political leaders.

Rustam is survived by his wife Rohani, son Azrani and daughter Ariani, as well as daughter-in-law Ku Salha and granddaughter Arissa. My condolences and prayers go to them in this moment of sadness. May Allah shower His blessings and Mercy on this great Malaysian patriot and intellect.

Nationalist blood

Introducing Rustam Sani (from an essay I wrote on him in Sept 17, 2007)

I first heard of Rustam in 1985 when he delivered the public oration on the occasion of Kassim Ahmad receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Universiti Kebangsaan. That Kassim deserved the honour was beyond question, nonetheless I found the university’s action surprising, although a very pleasing one. Kassim had then just released his harrowing account of detention under the ISA, Universiti Kedua (Second University).

Kassim is an independent thinker; it must have taken great courage for those at the university to so honour him. Rustam was then head of its Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and who nominated Kassim. I was heartened that at least there was one soul at the university brave enough to go against the grain and managed to convince his colleagues in the university senate to go along.

Rustam and I share many commonalities. We both attended English schools in our respective little towns (Tanjong Malim for him, and Kuala Pilah for me). We then went on to the "big school" for our Sixth Form, the venerable Victoria Institution for Rustam, and Malay College for me.

From the University of Malaya, Rustam went on to Reading and Kent in Britain. Later as a Fullbright-Hayes scholar, he obtained double masters from Yale. Like me, he returned home, but unlike me, he stayed and put up with the system.

'Ponteng' (opting out) was never a consideration for him; the nationalist’s blood runs too deep in Rustam’s veins. His father, the late Ahmad Boestaman, was a firebrand nationalist and an early leader in the movement for Merdeka. Firebrand is an apt adjective, for Boestaman was active in API (lit. fire), the acronym for Angkatan Pemuda Insaf (The Committed Youth Movement).

Boestaman later founded the socialist Parti Rakyat Malaysia and served in Parliament in the early 1960s. It was tribute to the way things were then that young Rustam did not suffer the consequences of having a father active in opposition politics. How different things are today!

Tribulations of a social scientist

Life as a social scientist in Malaysia must be terribly trying, both professionally and personally. Your field of enquiry touches on so many "sensitive issues," at least sensitive to the establishment. You cannot follow your intellectual interests, unless the authorities grant you permission. That is quite apart from the funding issue.

When you have someone like Rustam who dares to think differently, life could be even more difficult, on as well as off campus. Rustam was lucky to have been spared the harsh fate meted out to Kassim Ahmad, Syed Hussin Ali, and others.

Perhaps Allah in His Infinite Mercy and Wisdom decided that the Boestaman family had suffered enough, and thus spared Rustam the fate endured by his father. The British detained Ahmad Boestaman for eight years for his leftist activities during the Emergency.

Just to show that Malaysian leaders did learn a thing or two from their British masters, the Tunku later jailed Ahmad Boestaman for four years under the ISA in 1963. He became the first sitting member of parliament to be so detained. That is a mark of distinction and honour in my book, not a blemish.

On campus, unless you toe the official line you would definitely be sidelined no matter how productive you are. Rustam was one productive academic; I came across his writings many times when researching for my books. Unfortunately, on Malaysian campuses intellectual productivity is not valued. To advance, suffice that you are an enthusiastic cheerleader for the authorities.

Far from being satisfied as a detached scholar-analyst, Rustam was actively engaged as a political practitioner and activist with Parti Rakyat Malaysia. He walks the talk; he practices what he preaches.

Off campus, the same oppressive atmosphere prevails. The pages of the mainstream publications and airtime of radio and television are the exclusive preserve of unabashed supporters of the status quo. To these pundits, their sultans would always be donning a samping sutra (silk cummerbund) even when they are wrapped in bark loincloth.

Once that sultan is out of power, these cheerleaders would, without skipping a beat, go on praising the next one and unhesitatingly damning the old one. Witness the current vulgar vilification of Mahathir by his once ardent supporters.

The mainstream media have lost their precious credibility, as well as balance and objectivity! In the end it is their readers (and thus the nation) who are not being well served. It is not a surprise that the blossoming of the Internet news portals and blogosphere coincides with (or perhaps the cause of) the decline of the mainstream media.

When Gutenberg introduced his printing press five centuries ago, he did more than simply made reading materials readily available for the masses. He emancipated them, freeing them from the tight controls of the clergy and ruling class who then had exclusive access to written works. They were the exclusive arbiter and interpreter on matters religious and others. The masses need only follow them meekly, as a flock of sheep would their shepherd.

The ready availability of the printing press upended all that. The resulting mass literacy made possible the reformation, and an end to the Medieval Age.

4/23/2008 06:46:00 PM  
Blogger spyz said...

Rustam Abdullah Sani
Oleh Helme Hanafi
Rabu, 23 April 2008

DAN kematian terasa akrab. Terutama bila mengenang sahabat dan guru kita, Rustam A Sani. Saya memanggilnya Pak Rustam. Semalam, dia mengirimkan rencananya pada, dengan pesan, “Sudilah menyebut alamat blog saya, supaya populer”. Rupa-rupanya pesan yang terakhir.

Anak kepada tokoh gerakan kiri Abdullah Sani atau lebih terkenal dengan nama Ahmad Booestaman ini, dijemput ilahi jam 3.00 pagi tadi kerana serangan jantung di rumahnya di Bukit Lela, Gombak, pada usia 63 tahun.

Beberapa minggu sebelum itu, satu pagi, Rustam menghubungi saya di rumah, katanya dia mahu menyumbang rencana untuk “Saya hendak kembali menulis selepas berehat panjang,” katanya ketawa.

Pak Rustam memang tidak aktif sejak bulan Ogos tahun lalu. Mungkin kerana sakitnya iaitu paru-paru berair, serta, yang selalu mengganggunya sakit lutut.

Sudah lama dia tidak menghadiri majlis politik. Cuma ketika hari penamaan calon, beliau dan isteri Kak Rohani, turun menyaksikan perarakan orang ramai menggiringi Nurul Izzah Anwar di Bangsar.

Sebelum kesihatannya terganggu, beliau aktif menulis untuk Harakah, Siasah, dan Suara Keadilan. Beliau dianggap kolumnis terbaik bagi gerakan reformasi terutamanya tatkala menghurai dan menganalisis isu semasa.

Berkenalan dengan Rustam

SAYA diperkenalkan kepada Rustam oleh Khalid Jaafar, pada hari pertama saya memulakan kerja sebagai wartawan Berita Keadilan. Ketika itu, lapan tahun yang lalu, Khalid merupakan Pengarang Berita Keadilan manakala Rustam adalah Pengarang Suara PRM.

Belum ada kerjasama antara KeADILan dengan PRM lagi ketika itu, tetapi masing-masing, Khalid dan Rustam, memulakan langkah tersebut dengan berkongsi kemudahan dan sumber menerbitkan akhbar parti masing-masing.

Saya yang baru, tentu saja bangga dapat berkerja dengan tunjuk ajak dari pengarang yang hebat seperti mereka. Tambah lagi di dalam team kami, terdapat juga bekas sub editor NST Rahman Adnan dan Cik Bakar. Selain Raja Petra Kamaruddin.

Rustam tidak datang ke pejabat setiap hari, ada gilirannya. Kerana Berita Keadilan diterbitkan dua minggu sekali, dan begitu juga dengan Suara PRM, maka Rustam hanya datang ke pejabat pada minggu menyiapkan Suara PRM.

Gilirannya begini, minggu pertama Berita Keadilan, minggu kedua Suara PRM, minggu ketika Berita Keadilan dan minggu keempat Suara PRM.

Jadi pada minggu menyiapkan Suara PRM, Pak Rustam ada ada di pejabat sehingga lewat malam, terutamanya hari dateline.

Saya masih ingat, bagaimana beliau dengan sabar mengajar saya yang masih mentah ini.

Ada kalanya untuk menghilang tension, beliau akan bercerita. Ceritanya tentulah pengalaman beliau ketika menjadi Fellow Kanan ISIS yang berfungsi sebagai pasukan pemikir rasmi kerajaan Malaysia.

Bagaimana Dr Mahathir pernah memanggilnya ke pejabat selepas tulisannya keras mengkritik kerajaan disiarkan dalam kolum mingguannya di Utusan Malaysia.

Saya terkesan, hubungannya dengan Dr Mahathir, seperti “benci tapi rindu”.

Kemudian Suara PRM dan Berita Keadilan berpecah dan membawa haluan masing-masing. Tetapi hubungan saya dengan Rustam berterusan. Ketika berjumpa kami sering bertanya khabar. Pernah sekali secara tidak sengaja saya bertemu dengan buku karangan Ahmad Boestaman ‘Tujuh tahun malam memanjang’ cetakan pertama.

Buku itu kiranya kini berusia lebih 30 tahun. Saya ceritakan pada Rustam, beliau begitu teruja dan minta supaya dapat dipinjamkan buku tersebut kepadanya.

Pernah satu ketika, saya bertanya mengapa Ahmad Beostaman rela ditangkap. Mengapa beliau tidak berjuang bersama rakan-rakan lain, seperti Shamsiah Fakeh (bekas isteri kedua Ahmad Boestaman) yang lari ke hutan.

Kata Rustam. “Dia (Ahmad Boestaman) pulang ke rumah untuk berkemas baju, dan kemudian demam, beliau hanya menunggu baik demam sahaja, untuk menyertai rakan-rakannya masuk hutan,” jelas beliau.

“Tapi belum sempat baik demam polis sudah tangkap dia di rumah,” katanya lagi.

Dan jika Boestaman ke hutan, tentu sahaja, sejarah berubah. Tokoh yang terkenal dengan slogan 'Merdeka dengan darah' ini mendapat dukungan kuat daripada masyarakat Melayu.

Cerita detail penangkapan itu boleh di baca dalam buku Tujuh Tahun Malam Memanjang yang diterbitkan semula oleh UKM.

Hajat tak sampai

RUSTAM orangnya kiri yang liberal. Dia senang melayan orang muda dan tidak kekok bergaul dengan mereka. Dia bersungguh mahu saya hadir ke pelancaran bukunya Failed Nation? Concerns of a Malaysian Nationalist dan Social Roots of the Malay Left.

Pelancarannya dijadualkan 26 April ini di Perpustakaan Raja Tun Uda di Shah Alam oleh Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Dia sudah menghantar jemputan lewat email pada saya 10 April lalu. Saya sudah kata padanya. “Insallah saya akan pergi,”.

Tapi semalam, sekali lagi dia menghantar email, “apakah sdr sudah terima undangan ke pelancaran buku saya pada 26 april? saya harap akan bertemu saudara di sana. RAS”

Saya ulang lagi. Mana mungkin saya menolak jemputan seorang guru yang akrab sepertinya. Tapi tuhan juga yang berkuasa. Dia dijemput ilahi tiga hari sebelum tarikh yang bersejarah itu.

Jep, rakan saya yang menguruskan, sudah berkira-kira menyiapkan kolum khas untuk Pak Rustam di KLpos.

Saya tinggal mahu bercakap dengan Pak Rustam tentang cadangan kolum tersebut, memohon izinnya. Tapi, apakan daya.

Ingatan rakan-rakan

KETIKA menziarahinya tadi. Saya terserempak dengan Datuk Hassan Ahmad, regu intelektual Rustam, rakan-rakan beliau dari Universiti Malaya, Lim Kit Siang dan rombongannya, Nurul Izzah Anwar, wartawan dari berbagai media.

Rumah di atas Bukit Lela itu tidak putus-putus dikunjungi pelawat. Bertali arus. Khalid Jaafar, bekas rakan kongsi Rustam, hadir pagi lagi. Begitu juga Anwar Ibrahim.

Bekas Ketua Pengarang NSTP, Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad, terkejut bila dimaklumkan kematian Rustam. "Saya memang mencari beliau untuk terjemahkan buku baru Dr Mahathir ke dalam Bahasa Melayu," katanya.

Seorang kawan lama beliau, dari Singapura, menghantar email seperti berikut;

Innalillahi wainna illahiraji'un. Saya terkejut dan berlinangan airmata mendengar khabar tentang pemergian kawan yang dikasihi, Allahyarham Rustam, pagi tadi.

Saya akan sentiasa doakan semoga rohnya dicucuri Rahmat oleh Allah subhanawataala. Amin.

Mohd Ismail Abdullah (MIA),
bekas DJ radio Singapura 1960-han,
Wartawan di Berita Harian Singapura,
Setiausaha Kehormat, Persatuan Wartawan Melayu (PWM) Singapura.

Hari ini Rustam telah pergi. Dan saya kira beliau pergi dengan tenang. Wajahnya seperti orang yang sedang tidur. Ada percikan peluh di dahinya. Pergilah Pak Rustam, pergilah ke sana. Tapi selalulah pulang ke bumi. Selalulah menjenguk kami di sini. AL FATIHAH

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4/23/2008 07:36:00 PM  
Blogger spyz said...

"Kita kehilangan penulis politik besar" Zam
Oleh Bernama
Rabu, 23 April 2008

KL: Pemergian ke rahmatullah penulis politik terkenal Rustam A. Sani awal hari ini diratapi ramai pihak yang menyifatkan beliau sebagai cendekiawan Melayu yang kritis terhadap perjuangan sosial dan politik di negara ini.

"Dia yang saya kenali adalah seorang yang tajam (penulisannya) dan kritikal," kata pengarah filem kontroversi "Lelaki Komunis Terakhir" Amir Muhammad kepada Bernama ketika menziarahi jenazah allahyarham di kediamannya di sini.

Amir, yang juga kolumnis akhbar berbahasa Inggeris New Straits Times (NST), mengenali Rustam sejak allahyarham menulis kolum di akhbar Utusan Malaysia, kira-kira 20 tahun lepas.

Kediaman bekas pemimpin kanan Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) itu di Taman Bukit Lela, Jalan Gombak, dekat sini, tidak putus-putus dikunjungi mereka yang mengenalinya daripada kalangan rakan-rakan penulis, aktivis sosial, artis hingga ke tokoh politik tempatan, sejak pagi ini.

Jalan-jalan yang menuju ke kediaman allahyarham yang terletak di atas bukit itu juga sesak dengan kereta-kereta pelawat.

"Kita kehilangan seorang penulis politik besar," kata bekas Menteri Penerangan Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin ketika menghubungi Bernama.

"Tulisannya di akhbar-akhbar dalam aspek sosial dan politik mempunyai kekuatan tersendiri dengan alasan yang logik dan rasional.

"Saya beri kolum tetap kepadanya di Utusan Malaysia semasa jadi Ketua Pengarang kerana tertarik dengan daya intelek dan gaya bahasanya yang mudah seperti bapanya, Ahmad Boestaman," kata Zainuddin.

Bagi anak allahyarham, Azrani, beliau sayu dengan pemergian mengejut bapanya yang tidak menunjukkan sebarang tanda sakit dan kelihatan normal ketika berbincang mengenai dua buku terbaru tulisannya bersama keluarga semalam.

Buku tulisan allahyarham bertajuk "Failed Nation Concerns of Malaysian Nationalist" dan "Social Roots of The Malay Left" dijadual dilancarkan penasihat Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim di Perpustakaan Negeri Selangor, Shah Alam, Sabtu ini.

"Itulah kerja dia seorang penulis, siang dan malam semuanya mengenai buku tulisannya.... amat dedikasi... Baginya soal wang ringgit tidak penting," kata Azrani ketika ditemui pemberita.

Sambil menyifatkan Rustam sebagai amat memandang berat terhadap perkembangan sosial, Azrani, 34, berkata bapanya adalah seorang yang amat dedikasi kepada kebebasan sosial dan akhbar.

Bapanya tidak menghidapi sebarang penyakit berat kecuali kencing manis dan neuropati.

Bekas wartawan akhbar NST itu bagaimanapun berkata bapanya yang berusia 64 tahun disahkan meninggal dunia oleh doktor pada pukul 3 pagi akibat serangan jantung selepas tidak sedarkan diri sebelum itu.

Azrani berkata ketika kejadian, semua anggota keluarga terdekat termasuk ibunya Rohani Zainal Abidin, 63, dan adik perempuannya Ariani, 30, berada di sisi allahyarham yang juga mempunyai seorang cucu, Arissa Azrani.

Anggota Parlimen Lembah Pantai Nurul Izzah Anwar berkata allahyarham banyak menyumbangkan ideanya kepada parti termasuk penyediaan manifesto pakatan Barisan Alternatif (BA) pada Pilihan Raya Umum 1999.

Beliau berkata Rustam juga merupakan sahabat baik kepada bapanya, Anwar.

Selain Nurul Izzah, ahli politik lain yang turut menziarahi jenazah allahyarham ialah Penasihat DAP Lim Kit Siang, Ketua Penerangan PKR Tian Chua, Setiausaha Agung PAS Datuk Kamaruddin Jaffar, Ketua Pemuda PAS Salahuddin Ayub dan Ketua Pemuda PKR Badrul Hisham Shaharin.

Aktivis sosial Prof Datuk Dr Chandra Muzaffar, aktivis politik Hishamuddin Rais, ketua pengarah Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) Datuk Dr Firdaus Abdullah, bekas ketua pengarah DBP Datuk Dr Hassan Ahmad, kolumnis akhbar Datuk Johan Jaafar dan Datuk Ahmad A. Talib turut hadir memberi penghormatan terakhir kepada allahyarham.

Jenazah allahyarham dimandikan di kediamannya sebelum dibawa ke Masjid As-Syarif, Gombak untuk solat jenazah sebelum selamat dikebumikan di Tanah Perkuburan Islam Taman Ibukota, Gombak, selepas solat Zohor.

4/23/2008 07:48:00 PM  
Blogger spyz said...

Al-Fatihah: Rustam A. Sani meninggal dunia
Oleh Wartawan
Rabu, 23 April 2008

PENULIS politik terkenal Rustam A. Sani 63 tahun meninggal dunia di rumahnya sekitar jam 3.00 pagi tadi kerana diserang penyakit jantung.

Orang ramai yang ingin menziarahi Allahyarham boleh hadir ke alamat:

7519 Batu 6 3/4, Bukit Lela, Gombak Selangor Darul Ehsan (Tel: 03-61897588)

Jenazah Allahyarham Rustam dijangka akan dikebumikan lepas Zohor.

Allahyarham merupakan pensyarah bersara, pengarang dan penulis bebas. baru sahaja menyiapkan satu kolum khas untuk tulisan-tulisan beliau di laman ini semalam yang bertajuk 'Karya Merdeka'.

Tulisan terakhir Allahyarham eksklusif untuk pembaca ialah Parti-parti lawan diperalatkan lagi 'demi kepentingan Melayu'?

Dua buah buku terbaru hasil penulisan Allahyarham yang bertajuk "Special Roots of the Malay Left" dan "Fail Nation" sepatutnya dirasmikan oleh Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim pada 26 April ini di Seminar Hall, Perpustakaan Raja Tun Uda (The Selangor Public Library), Persiaran Bandaraya, Shah Alam.

Rustam A. Sani dianggap antara ‘cendekiawan awam’ yang penting di Malaysia. Beliau merupakan seorang ahli akademik, penulis kolum dan penyair – selain terlibat dalam pelbagai kegiatan politik, sosial dan sastera. Sebagai ahli akademik dan penganalisis, beliau pernah bertugas di Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Malaya dan ISIS Malaysia.

Antologi puisinya – Riak-riak Kecil (1977) – diterbitkan oleh Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka. Pada tahun 1988/89 beliau telah dianugerahkan ‘Hadiah Sastera Negara’ dalam kategori esei dan kritik sastera. Dalam bidang politik, beliau pernah memegang jawatan Timbalan Presiden, Parti Rakyat Malaysia.

Rustam memperoleh ijazah pertamanya dari Universiti Malaya, dan kemudiannya melanjutkan pelajaran di University of Reading, University of Kent at Canterbury (UK) dan Yale University (AS). Beliau merupakan seorang penulis yang prolifik, baik dalam bahasa Malaysia maupun Inggeris – dan tulisannya meliputi pelbagai bidang seperti politik, isu-isu sosial, sejarah, budaya, statistik dan sastera. Selain itu, beliau juga telah menghasilkan terjemahan karya-karya sastera dan bukan sastera (dari Inggeris ke bahasa Malaysia dan sebaliknya).

Antara buku-buku karya beliau adalah: Melayu Baru: Beberapa Persoalan Sosio-Budaya (1992); Politik dan Polemik Bahasa Melayu (1993); Melayu Baru dan Bangsa Malaysia: Tradisi Cendekia dan Krisis Budaya (1993); Menjelang Reformasi (2004); Ke Mana Nasionalisme Melayu? (2004); dan Bercanda dengan Mahathir (2006).

Warga kerja mewakili semua pembaca dan sahabat mengucapkan takziah kepada keluarga Allahyarham. Kepada yang beragama Islam marilah kita sedekahkan Al-Fatihah semoga rohnya dicucuri rahmat dan ditempatkan dikalangan orang-orang yang beriman.



Rustam Abdullah Sani
11 Ogos 1944
Ipoh, Perak (Malaysia)


Sekolah Kebangsaan Behrang Ulu
Tanjung Malim, Perak
Methodist English School
Tanjung Malim, Perak
Tingkatan Enam
Sekolah Victoria
Kuala Lumpur


Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (1967-1970): BA (Hons) Pengajian Melayu (1970).
University of Reading, England (1972-1973): Postgraduate Diploma in Sociology (Dip.Soc) (1973).
University of Kent at Canterbury, England (1973-1975): MA in Southeast Asian Studies (1975)
Yale University, New Haven CT, USA (1978-1981): (1) MA in Sociology (1980), (2) M Phil in Political Sociology (1981).
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden (1991): Advanced International Program in Conflict Resolution (Diploma)

Teori Sosiologi; Teori Sains Politik; Sosiologi Politik; Statistik; Nasionalisme Melayu; Kajian Elit Politik dan Pemodenan; dan Sosiologi Sastera.


Oxford University Press, Kuala Lumpur: Penolong Editor (1965-1967); Editor (1970-1971).
Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur: (1) Penolong Pendaftar (Akademik dan Rekod) merangkap Setiausaha, Unit Pusat Universiti-Universiti (UPU) (1971-1972); (2) Pensyarah (Pusat Bahasa)(1975-1976).
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi: (1) Pensyarah (Jabatan Antropologi dan Sosiologi) (1976-1988); [Ketua Jabatan Antropologi dan Sosiologi) (1984-1986)]; (2) Pensyarah (Jabatan Sains Politik) (1988-1989); (3) Profesor Madya (Jabatan Sains Politik) (1989-1990).
Institut Kajian Strategik dan Antarabangsa (ISIS) Malaysia: Fellow Kanan/ Ketua Editor/Pengarah Ekesekutif (Penerbitan) (1990-1995).
Pascabaru (M) Sdn Bhd.: Pengerusi Eksekutif (1995-1997).
Pusat Dialog Peradaban, Universiti Malaya: Fellow Kanan (1997-1999).

Oxford University Press Meritorious Service Award, 1966.
Biasiswa Oxford University Press untuk mengikuti ijazah pertama di Universiti Malaya (1967-1970).
Zamalah Fulbright-Hays untuk pengajian siswazah di Yale University, USA (1978-1981)
Hadiah Sastera Malaysia (Bahagian Esei-Kritik), 1988-99.
Pidato Umum Penganugerahan Ijazah Kehormat Doktor Persuratan kepada Kassim Ahmad (Konvokesyen UKM Ke-13, Bangi, 17 Ogos, 1985).
Anwar Ibrahim: Tokoh Pembaca. Pidato Umum Majlis Penganugerahan Gelar ‘Tokoh Pembaca’ kepada Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim oleh Majlis Buku Kebangsaan

PENERBITAN [Senarai Ringkas Pilihan]
The Origins of the Malay Left: An Analysis of the Social Roots (MA Thesis, University of Kent at Canterbury), 1975.
Education and Malay Political Elites in the Thirties. Jurnal Pendidikan (UKM), Bil. 5, April, 1977.
Malaya Pada Tahun-tahun Tiga Puluhan: Latarbelakang Sosial Bagi Permulaan Perkembangan Politik Malaysia. Jurnal Antropologi dan Sosiologi, Jld. 6, Hlm. 18-29. 1978.
Pembentukan Elit Politik Melayu (Kertas Kerja Untuk Persidangan Pelajar-pelajar Malaysia Amerika Utara), SUNY Binghampton, 18 Disember 1980.
Kesatuan Melayu Muda as the Organisational Origins of the Malay Left. Nusantara, Bil 9, June, 1982.
Kepimpinan dalam Perkembangan Politik Melayu Awal: Aspek Sosial. Dlm. DBP (ed.), Isu-isu Ekonomi, Sosial dan Politik Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, 1983.
Robohan Nasionalisme Melayu: Asas Sosial Bagi Terbentuknya Ideologi Perpaduan Nasional. Ilmu Masyarakat, Bil. 4, Hlm. 9-15, 1983.
Melayu Raya as a Malay Nation of Intent. Dlm. Dahlan, H. M. (ed.), The Nascent Malaysian Society (Second Edition), Bangi, 1986.
Malay Identity in Islam (Book Review of Chandra Muzaffar, Islamic Resurgence in Malaysia), Far Eastern Economic Review, 23 April, 1987.
The Malay Ruling Elite in the Post-colonial State of Malaysia. Solidarity (The Phillipines), No. 144, September-October, 1987.
The Role of Translation in Creating a Modern Intellectual Tradition: Some Thoughts on the Malaysian Case. Tenggara, Bil. 21/22, 1988.
Tradisi Intelektual Melayu dan Pembentukan Bangsa Malaysia. Dlm. Ahmat Adam, et al (eds.) Intelektualisme Melayu: Satu Polemik, Bangi, 1990.
National Policies: Their Implications on the Preservation of Heritage. Dlm. Raja Fuziah Tun Uda (ed.), The Changing World: Our Heritage and Our Future (Second Edition), Kuala Lumpur, 1991.
Conflict Theory and Peace Research: Some Reflections. Dlm Goran Lindgrom, Kjell-Ake Norquist and Peter Wallenstein (eds.), Peace Process in the Third World, Uppsala University, Sweden, 1991.
The Social Sciences in Malaysia: A Critical Scenario. (With Norani Othman). Akademika, Bil. 38, Januari 1991.
Projek 2020: Melewati Dimensi Ekonomi. Negarawan, Bil. 21, 1991.
Politik dan Pembentukan Bangsa di Malaysia: Realiti dan Visi. Ilmu Masyarakat, Bil. 20, Julai-September, 1992.
Ke Arah Pembentukan Satu Bangsa Malaysia. Dlm. Hairany Naffis (ed.), Politik Malaysia Dekad 1990an, Bangi, 1992.
Badan-badan Bahasa dan Sastera Melayu: Satu Perspektif Sosiopolitik. Dlm. S. Othman Kelantan (ed.), Seratus Tahun Pergerakan Bahasa dan Sastera Melayu 1888-1988, Kuala Lumpur, 1992.
Melayu Baru: Beberapa Persoalan Sosio-Budaya, ISIS Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, 1992.
Politik dan Polemik Bahasa Melayu, Kuala Lumpur, 1993.
Melayu Baru dan Bangsa Malaysia: Tradisi Cendekia dan Krisis Budaya, Kuala Lumpur, 1993.
Ke Arah Mewujudkan Suasana Politik Yang Merangsang Pencapaian Matalamat Wawasan 2020. Dlm. Kamaruddin Jaafar dan Hazami Habib (eds.), Wawasan 2020, Kuala Lumpur, 1993.
Phoenix-like, A New Kind of Malay Arises. ISEAS Trends (Singapore), March, 1993.
The Emergence of Melayu Baru. Business Times (Singapore), 30 June, 1993.
Perceiving ‘National Security’ (Australian-Asian Perceptions Project Working Paper Number 5, edited by Anthony Milner) (Ditulis bersama sekumpulan para sarjana dari ANU dan Universiti Tokyo), Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, April 1994.
Globalisasi, Krisis Ekonomi dan Politik 1998. Dlm. Norani Othman dan Sumit Mandal (eds.), Malaysia Menangani Globalisasi: Pesereta atau Mangsa?, Bangi, 2000.
Malaysia’s Economic and Political Crisis Since September 1998. Dlm. Jomo K. S. (ed.), Reinventing Malaysia: Reflections on its Past and Future, Bangi, 2001.
Menjelang Reformasi, Kuala Lumpur, 2004.
Ke Mana Nasionalisme Melayu?, Kuala Lumpur, 2004.
Bercanda dengan Mahathir, Kuala Lumpur, 2006.

Pernah menjadi penulis kolum tetap untuk akhbar dan majalah berikut: Dewan Masyarakat, Utusan Malaysia, New Straits Times, The Edge, Detik, Harakah, Suara PRM, Siasah, Suara Keadilan, Nanyang Siang Pau (Cina), Oriental Daily (Cina).

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